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The biggest baseball game in Nebraska is the College World Series, which brings the top NCAA men's baseball teams to Omaha. The event's been going on since 1950, originally taking place in the Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium. There's a small replica of that stadium preserved at the "Infield at the Zoo". Today, "The Greatest Show on Dirt" takes place at the modern TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, drawing up to 24,000 fans.
Be sure to check out the famous "Road to Omaha" statue outside the stadium and take your photo with it. The statue captures the thrill of hitting a winning home run.
Inside the stadium, you have your pick of general admission seats or a luxury box. The video screen and scoreboard keep you up to date on the game's progress wherever you sit. Along with the sound of the cheering crowd, you'll hear the sound of the stadium's organ—still the original organ moved from Rosenblatt Stadium.
The stadium's just a few blocks from the Old Market shopping district, making it easy to fit a game or other stadium event into your sightseeing day. It's also just a few blocks from Creighton University and is the home of the Creighton baseball team.
If there's no game during your visit but you'd still like to see the stadium, you can take a tour. Make the arrangements at least three weeks in advance of your trip.
There's professional baseball in Nebraska, too. The Omaha Storm Chasers affiliate of the Kansas City Royals play at Werner Park in Sarpy County near Omaha. The Lincoln Saltdogs, a team in the Central Division of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, take the field in Haymarket Park in Lincoln.
The Creighton basketball team, the Bluejays, plays its games at CenturyLink Center in Omaha. More than 18,000 people can find seats to view the action. You can upgrade to premium seating or one of 32 luxury suites. Besides the basketball games, the CenturyLink Center often hosts other sporting events including NCAA championships and Olympic trials—check out what's happening when you're in town!
The Nebraska Cornhuskers college basketball team dates back to 1897. Today, the team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is part of the Big Ten Conference of NCAA Division I. They play home games at the Memorial Stadium on campus.
There's plenty of opportunity to participate in outdoor sports action in Nebraska. Omaha offers lots to do outdoors, with tree-lined walking and biking trails forming an 85-mile trail system called Paths of Discovery, plus lakes and rivers for water activities including standup paddle boarding. You'll find canoe and kayaking offered on lakes and rivers all throughout Nebraska.
There are golf courses throughout Nebraska, so you'll always find a place to practice your swing wherever you are in the state. The Prairie Club Golf Course in Valentine is considered one of the best public clubs in the country, with greens surrounded by the sandhills of Nebraska. Wild Horse Golf Club in Gothenburg is another Nebraska public course rated one of the best in the country.